Here’s a brief overview of the past vintages you’ll enjoy in our Compton Wine Club summer of 2022 release.
The 2014 vintage in Oregon may be remembered as the vintage of a lifetime. From bud break through harvest, growers and winemakers throughout the state experienced an almost ideal growing season that delivered a record amount of exceptional, balanced fruit.
The 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for defining the new normal in Oregon as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring gave way to moderate summer conditions, providing even growing conditions through véraison. Despite the early start 2016 produced outstanding fruit quality with wonderful concentration and complexity with characteristic natural acidity.
The 2017 vintage was completely different from the previous three years of earlier than normal harvests. The wet, cool spring delayed flowering for the region’s vines until late June, setting the stage for a later harvest. Warm, dry conditions prevailed through the summer with a higher-than-average fruit set. We have found that our 2017 wines needed more time to open up, and now they are lovely with great acidity.
The 2018 wines stand out as phenomenal. February and March brought enough coolness and rain to slow the vines down and provide enough soil moisture going into spring. Late bud break was due to a slightly wet and cooler April in 2018, bloom and véraison caught up quickly soon after. The fruit set was good, harvest was slow and steady which resulted in truly dialed in fruit composition with sugar levels, acidity, and pH all close to average. Cool autumn weather allowed grapes to hang and develop complex flavors on the vine while retaining fresh acidity.
By June of 2020 we knew there would be fewer wine grape tons harvested this vintage due to a cool damp spring. Light fruit set was compounded by cool conditions in early summer making smaller berries. The overall quality of the fruit was outstanding, with the smaller clusters and berries giving great color, concentrated flavors, at desired sugar levels with good acidity. For us at Compton Wines, some of the higher elevation vineyards were affected by the fires. We typically make over eight different Pinot Noirs each year, but in 2020 we only made 3 Pinot Noirs, selecting just the best lots.
The 2021 growing season was just right, with warm days and cool nights ideal for our region. Rain hit the Willamette Valley during bloom, affecting the delicate blossoms and resulted in a light fruit set. Harvest started early and was steady for six weeks, resulting in truly dialed-in fruit composition with balanced sugar levels and fresh acidity.
We hope you will enjoy tasting and time-traveling with the Compton Wines we have selected for you.
Thank you for your support and have a wonderful summer!
– Tabitha and Matt Compton